Chicago Blackhawks vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chicago Blackhawks vs. New Jersey Devils - 12/23/19 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils (11-19-5) at Chicago Blackhawks (15-16-6)

NHL Hockey: Monday, December 23, 2019 at 8:30 pm (United Center)

The Line: Chicago Blackhawks -163 / New Jersey Devils +147 --- Over/Under: 6 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks meet Monday in NHL action at the United Center.

The New Jersey Devils need a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The New Jersey Devils are averaging 2.4 goals per game and are scoring on 13.7 percent of their power play opportunities. Kyle Palmieri leads New Jersey with 14 goals, Taylor Hall has 19 assists and Blake Coleman has 87 shots on goal. Defensively, the New Jersey Devils are allowing 3.5 goals per game and are killing 78.6 percent of their opponents power plays. Louis Domingue has given up 17 goals on 123 shots faced and Mackenzie Blackwood has allowed 70 goals on 745 shots. The New Jersey Devils have allowed three or more goals in eight of their last 12 games.

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The Chicago Blackhawks look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Chicago Blackhawks are averaging 2.8 goals per game and are scoring on 16.4 percent of their power play opportunities. Patrick Kane leads Chicago with 20 goals, Erik Gustafsson has 11 assists and Alex DeBrincat has 102 shots on goal. Defensively, the Chicago Blackhawks are allowing 3.1 goals per game and are killing 80.9 percent of their opponents power plays. Corey Crawford has given up 57 goals on 623 shots faced and Robin Lehner has allowed 52 goals on 699 shots. The Chicago Blackhawks have allowed three or more goals in 10 of their last 12 games. 

The Devils are 17-45 in their last 62 road games, 2-6 in their last 8 vs. Western Conference and 1-4 in their last 5 games as a road favorite. The Blackhawks are 8-20 in their last 28 Monday games, 19-40 in their last 59 games playing on 1 days rest and 1-4 in their last 5 home games. The under is 4-0 in Devils last 4 vs. Western Conference. The over is 4-1 in Blackhawks last 5 games playing on 1 days rest. The favorite is 15-6 in the last 21 meetings.

Backing the New Jersey Devils in their current form, even as a nicely priced underdog, isn't an option. However, I'm certainly not in the business of laying juice with a struggling Blackhawks team. Instead, give me the over. Both of these teams aren't good defensively and four of the last six meetings have allowed seven or more goals. Give me the over in what should be an offensive explosion. 

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